Use acupoint massage to combat weight gain

(From top) The dicang, daimai and yanglingquan movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.
The dicang (above), daimai and yanglingquan movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.ST PHOTOS: ALICIA CHAN
(From top) The dicang, daimai and yanglingquan movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.
The dicang, daimai (above) and yanglingquan movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.ST PHOTOS: ALICIA CHAN
(From top) The dicang, daimai and yanglingquan movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.
The dicang, daimai and yanglingquan (above) movements help manage weight by suppressing appetite and increasing metabolism.ST PHOTOS: ALICIA CHAN

DICANG

Place your index fingers about one finger's width from the corners of your mouth.

Press firmly, and massage in a circular motion 30 times. This helps to suppress your appetite.

DAIMAI

Estimate the distance from your right nipple to the middle of your breast bone. This is considered four cun (a unit of measurement in TCM), and differs from person to person.

Envision a vertical line from the right nipple straight down to the level of your belly button.

Place your thumb at this point, then move it two cun (half the distance measured earlier) away from the belly button to locate the daimai acupoint.

Do the same for the left side.

Press firmly and massage in a circular motion 30 times. This helps to reduce appetite and improve the body's detoxification process.

YANGLINGQUAN

 

Feel for two small round protruding bones on the outer side of your right knee. Place your index and middle finger on each bone.

Move your fingers downwards and towards each other at an angle, as if drawing a triangle, until they meet. This intersection point is the yanglingquan acupoint.

Using your index finger, press firmly on this point and massage in a circular motion 30 times.

Do the same for the left knee.

This helps to enhance the body's metabolism rate.

•Source: Dr Clement Ng, a volunteer TCM physician with the diabetes clinic in Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2015, with the headline 'Use acupoint massage to combat weight gain'. Print Edition | Subscribe